Dear Alice Ott Student, Parent/Guardian:
Welcome to Alice Ott Middle School and the 2015-16 school year! I hope you had a great summer with your family and friends. We look forward to serving you and making Alice Ott the best school possible.
If you are new to Alice Ott, we would like to welcome you to the Husky family. Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are a returning student, welcome back. Please remember it is our desire to involve students’ families as partners in their child’s education. We believe this increases academic achievement and creates a better atmosphere for learning and development of each student.
Our theme this year is “All In.” We believe in the potential for all students to succeed and our goal is to help them learn the value of hard work and become “All In” as they pursue their dreams.
During the 2014-15 school year, Alice Ott continued to succeed academically. While we will not receive an overall school rating from the Oregon Department of Education this year due to a new state test and changes to the state report card, our school continues to outperform state averages and far outperform other middle schools with similar demographics.
Some key academic highlights for the past few years include:
We were selected by the Oregon Department of Education as a National Distinguished Title I School. There were only two schools that received this honor in the State of Oregon this past year. (2014-2015)
We are the only middle school in the State of Oregon to get the “Model” school label for four consecutive years. (2012-2015)
We were selected by NASSP/MetLife as a National Breakthrough School. There were only nine schools selected in the nation. (2013-2014)
Our attendance is over 95%, which exceeds state standards. Our school-wide chronic absenteeism was only 8.2%, which is outstanding and far outperforms comparison schools. (2014-15)
We outperformed the state averages in English Language Arts and Math by approximately 10%. (2014-2015)
Here are some of the things you will notice at Alice Ott this year:
We will begin using E-books in the library in addition to traditional paper copies of books. Students will receive a login and there will be Ipads available for use in our library.
We will be utilizing 3D printers for the first time at AOMS. Students will get the opportunity to test projects in our computer and project based learning classes. Stay tuned for more information.
We will be continuing our transition to the Common Core standards adopted by the State of Oregon. In addition, we will continue to implement online curriculum in language arts, science, and social studies utilizing Google Chrome Books and Ipads.
I am excited to welcome students back for a new school year. Additionally, I am very proud of the hard work of our students, parents, and staff to increase achievement. Congratulations on your success and being recognized for your efforts!
Alice Ott Middle School